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January 30, 2014

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Works by Lowell artist flutter about Loading Dock Gallery

Beasts and birds “From the Land and the Sea” fill the Loading Dock Gallery in an exhibit that opened this week and runs through Feb. 23. The exhibit features art by Lowell resident Barbara Fletcher, who works with paper and 3D mixed media to make creations that swim, crawl and fly across the venue’s walls.

Fletcher sprays, shapes and casts paper into creatures and scenes, then paints them to fashion a colorful, personal vision of nature. With the environment in mind, she often incorporates recycled material like scrap paper and found metals. Her newest work includes a mobile and free-standing sculpture.

“There is something about the tactile sensation of fiber, fabric and paper that is very satisfying and meditative,” says Fletcher. “I need to create art; it is a strong drive to work with my hands. It is like breathing.”

Humor and an eclectic sensibility are hallmarks of her work. One of her earliest pieces, paper mache figures that opened to reveal surprises inside, was inspired by Russian nesting dolls and the British comedians Monte Python.

“I still use humor and animation in my art,” Fletcher says. However this exhibit “addresses serious topics: global warming, destruction of our oceans and the trashing of our planet.”

“From the Land and the Sea: Paper and 3D Mixed Media” runs until Feb. 23. The public is invited to meet the artist at an opening reception Saturday, Feb. 1, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Loading Dock Gallery is located at 122 Western Ave., Lowell. For more informatin call 978-656-1687 or visit http://www.theloadingdockgallery.com.

Celebrate Pink Floyd with The Machine

The Machine brings its acclaimed Pink Floyd show to the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury this Saturdday, Feb. 1. The band has built a reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd while creating another legacy all their own.

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